LIBERIA: UN Peacekeepers Begin Drawing Down In Gbarpolu

The first batch of military officers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL) have departed the provincial city of Bopolu in Gbarpolu County, in continuation of the Mission's ongoing drawdown process in Liberia.

UNMIL Sector A-1 Regional Administrative Officer, Joseph Mashindo, told citizens during a town hall meeting held at the Bopolu City Hall on Thursday, that UNMIL has agreed to turn-over to the county administration all housing units and other facilities previously used by the mission.

He also disclosed that the final batch of UNMIL officers will leave Bopolu on Tuesday, March 18, to allow for the regular deployment of UN Police officers who will coordinate with Liberian joint security to sustain security.

Speaking on behalf of the Liberian government at the program, Assistant Defense Minister for Operations, Victoria Sawyer, said Liberian security officers will take over security posts where UNMIL officers were stationed.

She thanked UNMIL for the level of security they provided citizens of Gbarpolu County over the years, and urged Liberian security officers to coordinate their activities with UNMIL in ensuring sustained security in the county.

For his part, Gbarpolu County Superintendent Allen Gbowee expressed gratitude to UNMIL for the cordial working relationship they maintained with county authorities while in Gbarpolu County.

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